I renounced Islam, so my family think I should die

Apostasy is not just something that scandalises people in far off lands. Harriet Alexander hears the story of a British woman whose life was turned upside down when she left Islam – echoing the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, who awaits a death sentence in Sudan for the same “crime”

If Amal Farah were not living in Britain, she believes she might well be dead.

For the 33-year-old financial manager had carried out an act so heinous, her family felt she deserved to die.

Her crime? She had renounced her Islamic faith – “and within my community, that’s a capital offence,” she said. “They believe you deserve to die.”



Amal Farah, above, said the case of Meriam Ibrahim prompted her to speak out

2 replies

  1. Some peoples renounced Islam, during the lifetime of the Holy Founder of Islam, Hadhrat Muhammad SAW. The Holy Quran also mentioned about some peoples who joined Islam, then left Islam, then came back and accepted Islam again, and then renounced Islam again.
    There was NO punishment suggested either from God, or The Holy Prophet (SAW).

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